New Class Schedule AND A NEW Tutorial!!

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New Class Schedule Is Posted
I wanted to give y'all a heads up that the new 2015 Class Schedule is up over at! We're going to new places, visiting some old place and there's something BRAND new as well. Come on over and check it out!

New Tutorial
I'm working on my next class project for Keeton's down in Bradenton, FL, where I do live classes and I decided to turn it into a tutorial. We'll be painting garden gloves on March 7th, so come and join the fun if you're close by!

Photo Reference
There is something about garden gloves, especially in Spring, that touch my creative spirit. Maybe because they're so…ordinary. Plain. Easily overlooked. 
Basic Line Drawing
I actually drew the gloves from life rather than using a photo and as you can see, my line drawing is very basic and slightly different from the photo reference. I've not added any detail except the knobby material with the dots that help me to get a better grip on things. I haven't indicated any shadows.

If you're new to drawing and journaling, you would be fine if you stopped here and started to add color.

 If you're adventurous…you might want to add a little more detail. I used broken line to indicate the stretchy texture of the cuffs of the gloves.

A note on lines…as humans, we like to see variety. Variety holds our interest longer and makes what we're looking at more intriguing. By using broken line, I allow the viewer to complete the lines with their own eyes.

I've also used the line to indicate the direction of the soft waviness of the fabric rather than just drawing straight lines.

By the way, notice the hole in the tip of the finger? I added that because I smeared the ink line at the top of the finger.

To "camouflage" the smear, I created the long string and the small hole.

This next step is optional. I've used Carbazole Violet and Ultramarine Blue to create an underpainting of the shadow shapes. While this step is not a requirement, but it's lots of fun!

The purples and blues will disappear as I paint the greens of the glove over it.

The reason for painting this layer is to begin to build in the shapes that give the gloves their soft shapes and to show dimension.

It also gives me a "shadow map," much like a road map, to know where I need to put my darker colors when I start to add local color.

If you opt to add this underpainting, make sure the layer is dry before add the next layer of paint!

Using Sap Green as the base, I added Azo Yellow to get the "spring green" and Ultramarine Blue to get a darker green for the shadows.

In some places I added the colors and let them mix on the paper and in other places, I added color that was mixed on the palette.

Notice the thumb areas that looked quite blue in the image above after the underpainting layer.

Once I added the darker paint, it made the thumb areas appear much lighter in value.

Values are relative to what is around them. In the image above the blues and purples were the darkest value. In the image to the left, the greens are the darker value which makes the blues and purples much lighter.

Again, this next layer is optional. I like to play in the dirt! Therefore, it only makes sense that my gloves would have dirt on them from a morning spent out in the garden, but I don't want dirty gloves in the house where I did the line drawing. Instead, I used my imagination to create the dirt on the gloves!

Using Carbazole Violet, Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue, I daubed the colors together to give the appearance of dirt clumped on the fingers of the glove.

Next, I painted in a light cast shadow. You can see over near the thumb where I had a couple of bleeds because the paint wasn't totally dry.

If you decided to follow the tutorial, be sure to add your cast shadow before moving to the next step!

Once the dirt layer on the gloves was DRY, I added splotches of dirt around the gloves to give the impression that the dirt fell off when the gloves were dropped on the flat surface.

Note: If you try to add a cast shadow AFTER you put down the fallen sprinkles of dirt, it's quite possible you'll have a mess on your hands because the dirt color will lift and mix with your shadow color—we want dirt not mud!!

I've also gone back and added more splotches to the fingers of the glove as well as down into the cuffs and crevices of the gloves as the dirt would not be just on the fingers.

Next, I had to decide what, if anything, I wanted to say on the page. Once I had the words figured out, I looked the page over to decide how I wanted to arrange them on the page. I added pencil lines to give my guidelines for the lettering.

Since my right brain does not know how to spell, I wrote my letters out in pencil before coming back and inking them.
Final Page
Watercolor and Ink
I echoed the pattern in the gloves in the large G to tie the two pieces together. After all the paint was totally dry, I went back into the gloves and strengthened some of the line work to give the gloves more dimension.

At the very end of the project, I noted that I had once again smeared the ink in the word "dirt." Rather than trying to get the ink up, I opted to add "sprinkles of dirt" around the word to help camouflage the smear.

It is always fun to take the plain and ordinary and elevate it to something extraordinary!

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and if you decide to paint garden gloves, please leave a link in the comments so that I can see. I also hope to see you on an "Imaginary Visit or Trip!"

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9 Creative Thought(s)

  1. What a wonderful tutorial, Laure. Thank you for sharing it, brightening my day, and inspiring me!!!! Always love your beautiful work and the fact that you share what works, doesn't work, and how to fix things.

  2. Fantastic tutorial--I'm going to try this, and I'll let you know when I finish. (My gloves may be purple, however....)

  3. Too cute. I at first thought you were going to paint on real gloves. :/ Silly me.

  4. Thanks Laure! Great tutorial and inspiration.

  5. Great tutorial! Love all the dirt!

  6. What a fascinating post - seeing the image come alive and reading about how you approached it. Your finished sketch is so appealing and calls out to me that "Spring is just around the corner". It also reminds me that I'm overdue with some yardwork at home - the annual pruning of my roses.

    You asked us to post if we had sketched garden gloves. By chance I did back in early 2009 - I had to search for the image to remember when I did it. It is posted on my blog:
    But.... back then I didn't even know what underpainting was!


  8. Love your garden gloves sketch - for the same reason you mentioned. Something so ordinary looks extraordinary the way you sketched them! Thanks for the detailed tutorial. I'm going to check out your new schedule now.

  9. loved the process and how delightfully you describe things...see you in Canada...where some ancestors settled...


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